I’m going to say something that might shock a lot of you reading this…. But, this is only my third palette purchase this year, and it’s my very first Huda Beauty palette purchase! I’ve been meaning to try her eyeshadows for ages but I heard such mixed reviews of the formula that I needed a palette that really spoke to me before I made the investment, and that’s where the New Nude Eye Shadow palette came in….
Now although it’s called the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye shadow palette it actually only contains 6 – 8 nude colours out of 18 (dependant on what you classify as a nude), so I’m thinking Huda maybe should have rethought the name of the palette, anyhow that’s a small technicality…. It contains a mixture of cool and warm toned colours which includes 10 mattes, 4 reflective duo-chromes (more on this later..), 2 pressed glitters, 1 pressed pearl and an eye concealer/ primer – which is the first time I’ve seen this in a palette, and in my opinion is a great addition.
The packaging of the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye shadow palette is stunning. Its housed in coated cardboard which feels very sturdy with a photo on the front, and inside is a nice big mirror, which always comes in handy.
If you watched my Instagram Stories the other week when this palette arrived, you will have seen the swatches that I showed, and boy was it a let down. I don’t think I’ve swatched a palette and been that disappointed in a long time. I really struggled to get a lot of the mattes to show on my arm and had to swatch them about 5/6 times to get any sort of decent pigment out of them. I soon started getting messages from other beauty addicts saying that said they had swatched it in-store and had exactly the same problem so didn’t bother buying it for that reason. It was good to know I didn’t have a dud palette but I was already thinking I had wasted £56 that I should have spent towards Christmas, or more essential items for my new house.
However, luckily I’ve now done a U-turn and been pleasantly surprised. Although some shades were hard to swatch I’ve had no issue with lack of pigmentation upon using them on my eyes. I can only put this down to using a good primer under the shadows, as that’s the only thing that was different.
So let’s go through the pros and cons of the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye Shadow palette …….
Pro’s of the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye Shadow palette:
- I’m very pleased that it has the shade “bare” (the shade you can hardly see on my arm as I’m so pale) as I use an off-white shade for all my eye looks so I’m always annoyed when palettes don’t include a shade like that
- I love the inclusion of the concealer. Now it’s not the best primer/ concealer – I still love the Urban Decay one way more, but it still works and is great when travelling so I don’t want to take a separate one with me. If you’re a cut crease fan then you’ll love it too.
- The duo-chrome shades are amazing. Actually amazing. In the pan they look a bit odd with huge chunks of white glitter in them, but they are buttery, pigmented and look beautiful with two shades blended into one. When you swatch it you can really see the two colours blending into each other. Just stunning.
- The shade selection is near enough to perfect – a base, a few transition shades, a darker socket colour and lots of bling. It could potentially do with a very dark brown but that’s only if I’m being really fussy. I do feel like it’s a really well put together palette.
Con’s of the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye Shadow palette:
- The pressed glitters are stunning and very sparkly but you get a lot of fall out so you need to apply these with a tiny amount of glitter glue on your brush. Once you do that you are fine, but if you don’t already have this in your stash it’s going to be annoying as you’ll need to buy one.
- The mattes are slightly (and I mean slightly) hit and miss. “Secret”, “Tease”, “Raw” and “Teddy” are creamy and pigmented but, “Play” and “Lace” I found to be a lot less so. I’m being quite fussy here as even the ones that aren’t as pigmented are definitely still useable.
- There is a lot of fallout with all the colours and the pan gets very messy for the reason. As I always do my eyes first before my base it’s not an issue for me but thought I’d mention it as a negative as I know some people don’t, and it would be an issue for them.
- The price – £56 is the most I’ve ever forked out for a palette. It’s a lot of money. I’m glad I bought it, but is it better quality than other palettes that cost £35 – £45..? No, it isn’t – it is overpriced for what it is.
If you’re after a nude coloured palette then this isn’t for you, but if you’re a fan of nudes, pinks and purples – and you like some sparkle in your life then I think you’ll love it.
Alternatively if want a similar palette which is better value for money and won’t break the bank, then check out the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette – It doesn’t contain any purples but it’s fab quality, is much cheaper and contains lots of nude and pink shades.
After reading this do you think you’d buy the Huda Beauty New Nude Eye shadow palette?
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